Glass is best packaging material in preserving taste, aroma, and nutritional values of the food. Glass is environment friendly and has tremendous growth opportunities in India, as India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The size of the glass industry in India is around $2. 5 billion, out of which the container glass industry is around $0. 87 billion. The major consumer industries for container glass are: liquor, beer, pharmaceuticals, soft drinks, food, and non-CSD segments. Export has a 10% share of the total container glass industry off take in India.
The alcohol segment uses more than 60% of the container glass segment, followed by food and beverages industries. The size of the float glass segment is around $0. 75 billion in India, and is growing as a result of growth in construction and automotive sectors. The float glass market of India has huge growth potential. It is seen that general awareness of using it as building material is slowly increasing in India. MAIN TYPES OF GLASS Today, flat glass comes in many highly specialized forms intended for different products and applications.
Flat glass produced by way of the float process is often further processed to give it certain qualities or specificities. In this way, the industry can meet the various requirements and needs of the construction, automotive and solar energy industries • Annealed glass • Toughened glass • Laminated glass • Coated glass • Mirrored glass • Patterned glass • Extra clear glass ANNEALED GLASS: Annealed glass is the basic flat glass product that is the first result of the float process. It is common glass that tends to break into large, jagged shards.
It is used in some end products and often in double-glazed windows. It is also the starting material used to produce more advanced products through further processing such as laminating, toughening, coating, etc. TOUGHENED GLASS Toughened glass is treated to be far more resistant to breakage than simple annealed glass and to break in a more predictable way when it does break, thus providing a major safety advantage in almost all of its applications. LAMINATED GLASS: Laminated glass is made of two or more layers of glass with one or more “interlayer” of polymeric material bonded between the glass layers.
Laminated glass is produced using one of two methods: 1. Poly Vinyl Butyral (PVB) laminated glass is produced using heat and pressure to sandwich a thin layer of PVB between layers of glass. On occasion, other polymers such as Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA) or Polyurethane (PU) are used. This is the most common method. 2. For special applications, Cast in Place (CIP) laminated glass is made by pouring a resin into the space between two sheets of glass that are held parallel and very close to each other. COATED:
Surface coatings can be applied to glass to modify its appearance and give it many of the advanced characteristics and functions available in today’s flat glass products, such as low maintenance, special reflection/transmission/absorption properties, scratch resistance, corrosion resistance, etc. Coatings are usually applied by controlled exposure of the glass surface to vapours, which bind to the glass forming a permanent coating. The coating process can be applied while the glass is still in the float line with the glass still warm, producing what is known as “hard-coated” glass. MIRRORED GLASS:
To produce mirrored glass, a metal coating is applied to one side of the glass. The coating is generally made of silver, aluminum, gold or chrome. For simple mirrored glass, a fully reflective metal coating is applied and then sealed with a protective layer. To produce “one-way” mirrors, a much thinner metal coating is used, with no additional sealing or otherwise opaque layer. Mirrored glass is gaining a more prominent place in architecture, for important functional reasons as well as for the aesthetic effect. PATTERNED: Patterned glass is flat glass whose surfaces display a regular pattern.
The most common method for producing patterned glass is to pass heated glass (usually just after it exits the furnace where it is made) between rollers whose surfaces contain the negative relief of the desired pattern. EXTRA CLEAR GLASS: Extra clear glass is not the result of processing of annealed glass, but instead a specific type of melted glass. Extra clear glass differs from other types of glass by its basic raw material composition. In particular, this glass is made with a very low iron-content in order to minimize its sun reflection properties.
It therefore lets as much light as possible through the glass. It is most particularly of use for solar-energy applications where it is important that the glass cover lets light through to reach the thermal tubes or photovoltaic cells. Anti-reflective properties can be further increased by applying a special coating on the low-iron glass. It can also be used in windows or facades as it offers excellent clarity, which allows occupants to appreciate true colors and to enjoy unimpaired views. GLASS PRODUCTS AND SUPPLIERS IN INDIA: 1. Shiva Glass & Ply Centre, West Bengal, India
2 Bangalore Traders Karnataka, India 3. Pooja Enterprises Delhi, India 4. Shiv Om Glass House Uttar Pradesh, India 5. Citi Glass Delhi, India 6. Shivam Glass and Plywood Company Delhi, India FUTUREX TRADE FAIR & EVENTS PVT LTD: Futurex Trade Fair and Events Pvt. Ltd. aims at providing an ideal business platform through Exhibitions, Seminars, Corporate Events and Get together. Our Strength lies in understanding industry’s needs & Interest to serve it properly and multidimensional activities to make it most viable business platform.
With professional approach and expert manpower, the offered platforms are recognized as a safe bet by the industry professionals. FUTUREX: GLASS INTERNATIONAL EXPO AT SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka Glass International Exhibition will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka for a period of three days. In this international trade show all kinds of Glass melting technology, forming for flat glass, Kiln technology, Technology for float, laminated, wired and other types of flat glasses will be given supreme importance.
Leading experts related to the glass manufacturing industry will also attend this event and will get a scope to gather useful information. They can also get familiar with the Coating technology, Flat glass and Decorative glass by attending this event. Sri Lanka Glass International Exhibition will bring together Engineers, Electrical Contractors, Structural Engineers, Fabricators, Interior Designers, Developers and Professionals under one roof. This expo will give them an opportunity to improve and enhance their knowledge. EXHIBITORS’ INFORMATION:
The exhibitors of Sri Lanka Glass International Exhibition will exhibit the latest products and services including Raw materials, Glass melting technology, Forming for flat glass, Kiln technology, Technology for float, laminated, wired and other types of flat glasses, Coating technology, Flat glass, Decorative glass, Automotive glass, Safety glass, Toughened glass, Stained glass, Fire resistant glass, Structural use of glass, Glazing tools, Cutting, grinding and drilling tools, Fittings for glass, Hardware for windows and doors, Silicone adhesives, Adhesive technology, Industrial tapes, Protective films, Decorative films and Protective coatings. VISITORS’ INFORMATION:
Sri Lanka Glass International Exhibition will include visitors like Architects, Interior Designers, Civil Contractors, Consultants, Engineers, Electrical Contractors, Structural Engineers, Fabricators, Interior Designers, Developers, Civil Engineers, Contractors, Interior Decorators, Landscape Consultants, Builders and developers, Dealers and distributors, Investors and Professional Experts. FEATURES: The highlights of Sri Lanka Glass International Exhibition will include + Innovation of latest Safety glass and Toughened glass. GLASS INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION: |Event |Date |Location |Website | |PV Expo 2012 |27-1 Feb-Mar |Tokyo – Japan |www. pvexpo.
jp/en/ | |GPD India |19-20 March |Mumbai – India |www. gpd. fi | |Glasspex India |20-22 March |Mumbai – India |www. glasspex. com | |China Glass |24-27 May |Beijing China |www. chinaglass-expo. com | |Glassman Europe |15-16 May |Warsaw – Poland |www. glassmanevents. com/europe | |GPD China |22-23 May |Shanghai – China |www. gpd. fi | |GPD Finland |13-17 June |Tampere – Finland |www. gpd. fi | |Intersolar (Europe) 2013 |19-21 June |Munich – Germany |www. intersolar. de/en/ | |Mir Stekla |17-20 June |Moscow- Russia |www. mirstekla-expo. ru/en | |Gulf Glass |3-5 September |Dubai – UAE |www. glassinthegulf. com | |UNITECR 2013 |10-13 September |British Columbia – Canada |www. unitecr2013.
org/ | |Glassbuild America |10-12 September |Atlanta – USA |www. glassbuildamerica. com | |EU PVSEC |30 – 4 Sept-Oct |Paris – France |www. photovoltaic-conference. com | |Vitrum |23-26 October |Milan – Italy |www. vitrum-milano. it | REFERENCE: 1. Main Types of Glass http://www. glassforeurope. com/en/products/main-types-of-glass. php 2 . Glass Markets in India http://brandalyzer. wordpress. com/2010/10/23/glass-market-in-india/ 3. Exhibitions – Asian Glass http://www. asianglass. com/exhibitions. htm 4. Trade Shows by Futurex Trade Fair http://tradeshow. free-press-release. com/sri-lanka-glass-international-exhibition/sri- lanka-glass-international-exhibition. 76199. html